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Gaza: Poverty and unemployment rates at 75%

The Ministry of Social Development in the Gaza Strip said yesterday that the rates of poverty and unemployment in the Gaza Strip reached nearly 75 percent in 2019.

In a press release, it added that 70 percent of the population of the Gaza Strip is food insecure. This, continued, as a result of “the aggressive Israeli practices increased since the Second Intifada, which broke out in 2000 and depriving thousands of Palestinians of their jobs.”

As a result, the Palestinian economy could not “create new jobs to accommodate those untrained workers.”

The Israeli blockade imposed by Israel on the Gaza Strip since 2006, restricting the movement of citizens and goods, in addition to three wars in 2008–2012–2014, and the division of Palestinian forces created a complex and difficult political, economic and social reality.